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Silicon Odometers: Past, Present, and Future by Prof. Chris Kim; U of Minnesota
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Location: ECSS 3.503

Since I was a young assistant professor, I have been working with my graduate students on demonstrating novel on-chip reliability monitors called “Silicon Odometers” for studying various aspects of circuit aging. Owing to their high precision, compact area, and short measurement time, odometer circuits can reveal detailed circuit level aging behavior that would otherwise be difficult to measure using traditional probing based approaches. In this talk, I will give an overview of our past odometer designs, introduce odometer designs that are currently being pursued, and discuss possible future directions. Many of the odometer designs were made possible thanks to the funding and mentorship provided by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE).

Chris H. Kim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He joined the University of Minnesota in 2004 where he is currently a professor. Prof. Kim is the recipient of the University of Minnesota Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, SRC Technical Excellence Award for his “Silicon Odometer” research, Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, NSF CAREER Award, Mcknight Foundation Land-Grant Professorship, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award (2 times), IBM Faculty Partnership Award (3 times), IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Outstanding Young Author Award, the ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award, ISLPED Low Power Design Contest Award (4 times), and ISLPED Best Paper Award (2 times). His group has expertise in digital, mixed-signal, and memory IC design, with special emphasis on circuit reliability, hardware security, memory circuits, radiation effects, time-based circuits, beyond-CMOS technologies, and machine learning hardware design. He is an IEEE fellow.

Contact Info:
Donna Kuchinski, 972-883-5556
Questions? Email me.

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